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July 31st, 2007


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09:35 am
Two quick questions designed to start arguments in the comments:

1) Is J.K. Rowling the most significant female writer in human history?

2) Now that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni are dead, who is the greatest living filmmaker?

Discuss below.

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From:somebodystrange
Date:July 31st, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
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1) I'm glad you used the term "most significant" as opposed to "greatest". She is clearly not the greatest, from a literary perspective. However, I would argue that at this time, she has a solid case for being the most significant. She is estimated to be a billionaire (in US dollars), which would make her the first writer ever to earn that much money purely as a writer -- and she's done so with fewer than ten books, and only one "universe." Admittedly, she's had quite a marketing campaign to help her, but a lot of her support has been provided by grass-roots campaigns as well as public support from libraries, who saw a resurgence in excitement about reading. I can't think of any other female author whose writing has had more impact. Again, I will not vouch for her literary value, because I felt her books were fantastic stories (I love love love them) with some clunky prose (who cares I love love love them) -- but as far as significance, at this time I'd be willing to put her right up there in the pantheon of great writers.
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Date:July 31st, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and:

2) No idea.

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